William Craik (October 31, 1761 – February 9, 1807)[1] was a United States Representative from Maryland. Born near Port Tobacco, Maryland, he attended Delameve School in Frederick County, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Port Tobacco and Leonardtown. In 1788, he was a delegate to the states convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution.[2] He moved to Baltimore and was appointed chief justice of the fifth judicial district of Maryland on January 13, 1793, and served until his resignation in 1796.

Craik was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jeremiah Crabb; he was reelected to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses and served from December 5, 1796, to March 3, 1801; again appointed chief justice of the fifth judicial district of Maryland and served from October 20, 1801, to January 28, 1802. He resided in Frederick, Maryland, and died in 1807.


  1. ^ Alexandria Advertiser Feb 9, 1807 Died this morning, at 6 o'clock, Wm Craik, esq late a representative in congress. His friends are invited to attend his funeral from the house of William Fitzhugh, to Ravensworth, precisely at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.
  2. ^ Secretary of State of Maryland (1915). Maryland Manual 1914–1915: A Compendium of Legal, Historical and Statistical Information relating to the State of Maryland. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: The Advertiser-Republican.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jeremiah Crabb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Plater